- McCall's Skirt Pattern 3830
- 6 yards Jasmine Green and Antique Moss Geometric Waxed Cotton African Print
- 4 yards Black Polyester Lining
- Size 1 Black Sew On Snaps
- 9" Black Invisible Zipper
African prints have been taking the fashion world by storm the last couple of years and once you lay eyes on their beautiful shapes, vibrant colors, and gorgeously bold patterns, it's not difficult to see why. For today's DIY I decided to hop on this trend with a skirt that can easily transition from every wear to a glamorous, couture look.Fabrics & materials used:
A couple of years ago I fell madly in love with neoprene, and not your normal run of the mill neoprene but the neoprene that's disguised as a sweatshirt in the form of this jersey back neoprene. As soon as I spotted it on moodfabrics.com I knew it would be the best fitting most comfortable fabric ever. It fits beautifully and is extremely easy to work with. No need to iron and as long as you use a rotary blade, you can keep the edges raw. The pattern I used for the skirt was the instructions from this neoprene self-drafted pencil skirt, with the following alterations: -Removed the zipper (this fabric is comfortable enough to go without -Added a ruffle hem by cutting two pieces of fabric 6"x34". Sew the left and the right side together and attach to the bottom of the skirt by pleating as you go around. -Top stitch the waist band and where the ruffle meets the skirt. The top was made using McCall's M6992 with the following alterations: -Added 1" to the height of the neck -Removed 9" from the bottom of the pattern -Added a 1"x20.5" ribbed neck band -Added a 1.5" ribbed sleeve cuff -Cut a 4" curve from the front of the sweatshirt and add a 6"x40" pleated ruffle to the hem -Added a 8"x45" pleated ruffle to the back of the sweatshirt -Added a 20" pleated ruffle to the seam of the sleeve seam of the right side of the shirt and a 12" ruffle to the left side. -Double needle top stitch all the seams
Need a new idea to make that button-up shirt you're working on just a little more eye-catching? This DIY can by sewists and crafters alike! Sewing up your own shirt is an added plus so you can size the placket a little wider than usual. However, if garment creation isn't your usual forte, you can get the same look with an old blouse, some new buttons, and a jar of fabric paint! Fabrics & materials used: I let my shirt dry for about 20 minutes and then it was all set to wear! Before this project, I had never thought about embellishing a shirt placket, but now I want to do it to everything! What other button embellishment ideas can you come up with?
Even if there's 2 feet of snow outside, I have my sights set on spring. I'm ready for floral prints and lighter fabrics, so today I got a jump start on a wardrobe for the new season. Mood's new silk charmeuses were perfect for this longline, flared button-up! The large-scale print suits the length of the blouse and the weight lends itself to a gorgeous drape. Fabrics & materials used: To keep the shirt light and draped, I opted against a lining. Because of this, French seams were a must in order to keep the silk from fraying. I began the shirt construction by attaching the front and back panels of the shirt at the sides and shoulders. Next, both front panels needed plackets for the buttons. Each one was interfaced and stitched onto the wrong side of the shirt itself, like you can see above. To avoid visible stitches on the front of the placket, I folded mine over and slip-stitched it into place. I added a single box pleat at the center back before attaching the collar the same way I attached the plackets.In this case, the collar was sewn to the right side of the shirt and slip-stitched on the wrong side. Since the shirt remained unlined, I finished the armholes with 1/4" binding that I made from the same silk as the rest of the blouse. I didn't want any buttons to be visible, so I hand sewed 8 snaps along the inside of the placket. This also omitted the need for buttonholes, which was an added bonus! This pattern is one of my favorites, since it can be altered so many ways - shortened, lengthened, made with a different fabric type entire, sleeves could be easily added. It's versatility is terrific. Are you going to be making any changes when you try it out?
Sporting bright green on St. Patrick's Day is certainly a fun tradition, but I've always been a fan of a more subtle look for the holiday. This easy to sew pattern features everything you'd want in a cute day-to-night look; flattering cutouts, a nice silhouette, and huge pockets! Plus, you can effortlessly dress it up with heels, or go for a more comfy and casual look with some flats. Fabrics & materials used:
Pattern pieces 1, 2, 4, and 5 make up your bodice. If you're working with a more translucent fabric, you may want to use a lining, but the jacquard I used was the perfect weight to skip one. Instead, I put the garment together with French seams.
The skirt gets pleated twice in the front and twice in the back, lining up with the seams of the bodice. Each pleat should be about 2" deep.we have a tutorial here! Lastly, I finished off the sleeves, neckline and hem with simple rolled hems. This could be substituted with a full lining, facings, or bias tape! Which are you going to use?
Getting ready the morning of your wedding is stressful enough; with a minimum of ten thousand things to worry about, you may as well be comfortable! This gorgeous silk robe was easy to draft, and it only took an hour to put together, so you can check one thing off your To-Do List in just an afternoon! Fabrics & materials used: The front is two pieces, each side should be the width of 1/4 your waist size. I then added three inches to each so the robe has a bit of flow. The same math was used for the back, but I placed it on the fold so it's all one piece. The panels are then sewn at the shoulders and up the sides, but be sure to leave a 12" space toward the top for sleeves. For my sleeves, used this gorgeous guipure lace. It has a nice weight and looks absolutely stunning. The length is entirely up to personal preference. This one is about a yard long, with 10" lace trim sewn around the hem and then top-stitched. The last detail is a simple 3" wide belt. I cut two strips along the width of my fabric, so my belt was ultimately about 3 yards long with a seam, in the center. The finished product is beautiful, comfortable, and feels totally luxurious. Will you be making your own? Which trim are you thinking about using?
Everyone wants their wedding day to be absolutely perfect, from the dress to the venue, right down to the table settings. So why not have your accessories to be exactly what you're looking for too? Instead of spending another small fortune on your veil, create your own to get your ensemble to match your imagination! Fabrics & materials used:
- 1/2 yard 18" Ivory Russian Veil Lace
- 1 8"-10" White Ostrich Feather
- 1 Gold and Pearl Beaded Brooch with Pin
- Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Your prom should be anything but ordinary. It's one of the most anticipated events of one's high school career, so why settle for just another dress off the rack? Making your own means it will be exactly what you want, with the added bonus of being one of a kind!
Fabric & materials used:
- 4 yards Bordeaux Poly Satin
- 1/2 yard Black Floral Embroidered Guipure Lace
- 1 Black Metal Separating Zipper
- 1 Wine 9" Invisible Zipper
- Dritz Regular Stitch Witchery
I made just two alterations: the bottom was tapered slightly, and I made a mock neck instead of a ruffle collar. If you've never made one, trace a french curve for about 7-8 inches, move it to the right 2 inches and trace it again so you have 2 parallel curves. Place the more curved end on the fold, like so:
To bring a little dimension into the gown, I opted to use this gorgeous guipure lace. It's the perfect overlay for skirts and bodices alike, and the floral makes the dress a little more Spring.
The skirt was the easiest part of the whole project. It's just a basic half circle skirt, so anyone can make it! It's even hemmed with some Stitch Witchery to avoid ugly hem stitching.
If you're not familiar with half circle skirts, I can walk you through it quite easily!
1. You'll need to find your radius length. Measure your waist and divide it by 3.14. So if you have a 30" waist, your radius will be 9.5".
2. Choose how long you'll want your skirt and add 2" for the hem. Keep in mind you'll probably be wearing heels! I made mine 45", hem included.
3. Now you can start laying out your fabric. Fold it in half, lengthwise, and mark out your radius from one of the folded corners.
4. From your radius, measure out the length of your skirt along the fold and selvedge, as well as a few points in between so you can connect the dots to form curves.
5. Cut out your fabric, and sew up the selvedge to create the perfect skirt! You can also add a waistband if you so choose, and an invisible zipper.
Since I chose to use a poly satin (which looks, feels, and drapes beautifully!), it kept the cost down considerably; and for just an afternoon of work, sewing a prom dress is a great alternative to buying one at the store. The possibilities are totally endless though! You can choose your own color, overlay, skirt length, and more! You could even go with a silk to make the look even more luxe! Are you going to try your own?
this Armani wool fabric I originally planned a dress but after it arrived it was definitely more suited for a coat. The online listing doesn't do this fabric justice, it's simply beautiful. Heavy weight with a stiffer drape would also make a great blazer. It sews, irons and cuts with ease. The pattern used for this coat was vintage Simplicity 8310 double breasted coat/dress with the following alterations: -Removed the back seam -Removed the front box pockets and added side seam pockets -Added 3.5" sleeve belts -Remove the sleeve cuffs -Attached the collar to the top of the lapels which allows the collar to remain in an up position -To remove the double breasted appearance, iron the lapels down ending at the waist